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brain (someone)

To strike or assault someone violently and severely, typically on the head. He warned me that he was going to brain me if I didn't stop insulting him. The lump on my head is from when a box fell off a shelf and brained me yesterday.
See also: brain

brain someone

Fig. to strike a person hard on the skull as if to knock out the person's brains. (Often said as a vain threat.) I thought he was going to brain me, but he only hit me on the shoulder. If you don't do it, I'll brain you.


1. n. a good student; a very intelligent person. (see also brains.) I’m no brain, but I get good grades.
2. tv. to hit someone (in the head). I ought to brain you for that!
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The brains of those with and without autism displayed comparable amygdala volume and brain-cell size, Schumann and Amaral report in the July 19 Journal of Neuroscience.
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Animal studies demonstrate conclusively that nicotine damages the developing brain by altering the formation, survival, and differentiation of brain cells, eliciting deficits in structure, synaptic function, and behavioral performance (Levin and Slotkin 1998; Slotkin 1998, 2004; Walker et al.
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Technologist Jeff Hawkins and philosopher John Searle both approach matters of mind and brain from a naturalistic perspective, but their arguments veer sharply from the grim picture sketched above.
This was the third year I had attended the annual meeting to promote the work in brain science being conducted at RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Saitama, north of Tokyo.
The adjustment to a traumatic brain injury can be a difficult and devastating process for both the patient and the family.
1) brain death is defined as "the absence of all brain functioning demonstrated by profound coma, apnea, and absence of all brain-stem reflexes.
Yet when it comes to the knowledge of brain function, fear and mistrust of the investigator or the doctor are likely to come strongly to the fore.
These recent experiments build on 1997 Japanese research showing that the rhythmic actions of ritual--from the repetitive chanting of Buddhism to Sufi dancing to such simple actions as bowing, genuflecting, and making the sign of the cross--trigger certain brain mechanisms that produce feelings ranging from spiritual tranquillity, transcendence, an experience of God, to ecstatic union and beatific vision.
Total costs for new cases of hospitalized traumatic brain injury in a given year in the United States have been estimated to exceed $8 billion over the course of the first four years following injury (Brooks, Lindstrom, McCray, & Whiteneck, 1995).